Thursday, December 2
Community Chanukah Celebration
The evening party features music by The Shirettes, menorah lighting, food for purchase and more. 5 p.m. Free. JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. (818) 464-3300. ” title=”chabadcamarillo.com” target=”_blank”>chabadcamarillo.com.
Saturday, December 4
Enjoy vodka, latkes, music and a white elephant gift exchange (under $15 value) during this party sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara’s Young Adult Division. Bring a canned food item to benefit the Holiday Food Drive. 8:30 p.m. (party begins), 9:30 p.m. (menorah lighting). Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center, 524 Chapala St., Santa Barbara. (805) 957-1115, ext. 107. ” title=”skirball.org” target=”_blank”>skirball.org.
Chabad of West Hills hosts a menorah lighting on the lower level near Nordstrom. 4 p.m. Free. Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. ” title=”shoptheoaksmall.com” target=”_blank”>shoptheoaksmall.com.
Tuesday, December 7
Hanukkah at CLU
California Lutheran University’s Hillel and the Office of Multicultural Programs and International Student Services host the university’s annual menorah lighting. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Student Union Building, Cal Lutheran University, 60 W. Olsen Road. (805) 493-3323. ” title=”shopcommons.com” target=”_blank”>shopcommons.com.
Thursday, December 9
Northridge Fashion Center
Temple Ahavat Shalom sponsors a menorah lighting, including students singing Chanukah songs. 6:30 p.m. Free. Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge. ” title=”jewishsantabarbara.org” target=”_blank”>jewishsantabarbara.org
Wednesday, December 1
Chanukah — The Miracle of Oil
Thousand Oaks Jewish Women’s Circle invites women to explore the wonders of oil — from the menorah to the healing and invigorating properties to soothe body and soul. Participants will create their own unique blends of aromatherapy oils and de-stress with a hand massage. 7 p.m. $10. Chabad Jewish Center, 2060-I Avenida De Los Arboles. (805) 493-7776. ” title=”jewishsantabarbara.org” target=”_blank”>jewishsantabarbara.org.
Monday, December 6
Genetic Genealogy Demystified
Elise Friedman, who specializes in Jewish genealogy and technology, discusses the major types of genealogical DNA tests in use today, the genetics behind them, how to read the results and how to use those results to identify genealogical connections. 7-9 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. ” title=”conejojewishoutreach.org” target=”_blank”>conejojewishoutreach.org.
Tuesday, December 14
Hedva Amrani in Concert
Acclaimed Israeli folk icon and international pop star Hedva Amrani presents a retrospective multimedia concert spanning her 40-year career in music, including her beginnings as a folk singer in the duo Hedva & David. 7:30 p.m. $25. American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive. (310) 440-1246. ” title=”skirball.org” target=”_blank”>skirball.org
Thursday, December 16
Shuckeling Chefs: Real Men Cook Shabbos!
Join Rabbi Yakov Vann and learn to prepare a traditional Friday night dinner for your family. Call for time and to RSVP. $54 (includes food and supplies). Calabasas Shul, 24650 Park Miramar, Calabasas. (818) 591-7485. ” title=”stsonline.org” target=”_blank”>stsonline.org.
Saturday, December 25
Chinese Food and a Movie II
Join Temple Beth Torah for Chinese food and a screening of “The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story” and a bonus movie. 1:30 p.m. (lunch), 2:30 p.m. (films). $22.50 (lunch and movie, advance), $10 (film only, advance), $15 (film only, door). Temple Beth Torah, 7620 Foothill Road, Ventura. (805) 647-4181. ” title=”simi-arts.org” target=”_blank”>simi-arts.org.
Sunday, January 9
Authors, Authors, Authors
Five published authors, all members of the society, will share their genealogical techniques. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Conejo Valley and Ventura County. Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. (818) 889-6616. ” title=”wcce.ajula.edu” target=”_blank”>wcce.ajula.edu.
Friday, January 14
Enjoy a family service with songs of freedom and words of hope honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. 6:30 p.m. Free. Temple Kol Tikvah, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 348-0670. ” title=”shomreitorahsynagogue.org” target=”_blank”>shomreitorahsynagogue.org.
Tuesday, January 18
“A Chorus Line”
The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical, with score by Marvin Hamlisch, shines the spotlight on 17 singers and dancers who dream of getting into a Broadway show. 8 p.m. $44-$59. Through Jan. 23. Fred Kavli Theatre, Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. (805) 449-2787. ” title=”tasnorthridge.org” target=”_blank”>tasnorthridge.org.
Amazing God: How Jewish Prayer Imagines the Unimaginable
Lecture and discussion with Rabbi Miriyam Glazer, author and professor of literature and communication and media chair at American Jewish University. 10:30 a.m. $12 (nonmembers and guests), $10 (members). Sponsored by University Women. Second-floor chapel, American Jewish University, Familian Campus, 15600 Mulholland Drive. (310) 440-1283. ” title=”shalominstitute.com” target=”_blank”>shalominstitute.com.
Tu B’Shevat at Malibu Creek State Park
Congregation Or Ami celebrates the “Birthday of the Trees” by planting trees and exploring the connection to the environment. Free. 9-11:45 a.m. Malibu Creek State Park, Mulholland Highway, west of Las Virgenes Road. (818) 880-4880. ” title=”stsonline.org” target=”_blank”>stsonline.org.
Sunday, January 30
New Community Jewish High School Open House
Prospective students and families are invited to meet faculty and current students and listen to presentations. Refreshments are served. 10:30 a.m. New Community Jewish High School, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. RSVP to (818) 348-0048.